Richard Schwanke Also back in the day it was assigned to "chain gang" duty to Conductor Ray Cheney. I spent many many layovers sleeping or trying to sleep in that caboose. Gary had to be the worst place for that. Caboose track was right along side the track they used to pull cuts out of the mill of loaded cars full of steel. Then there was the retarders squealing all day or night on the hump to help you sleep.
Joseph Tuch Santucci I think the J was one of the last railroads to have trainmen sleep in the cabooses. Didn't they put a stop to that in the latter 70's?
Richard Schwanke Yes. They started putting us up in the Red Roof Inn in Merrilville. Thinking on it we slept in the cabooses right up until they got permission to use the FREDS. That's the only reason they put us in the hotels, then the got the run through agreements and no layover points so the hotels were a thing of the past too.
The Cline Avenue bridge at the bottom has been demolished because after just 27 years it was deemed too weak to carry traffic!
|Al Whitlock posted|
Looking north from the on ramp to Cline Ave. in East Chicago. Photo by Al Whitlock 12-10-2008.
|Gabe Argenta commented on the above posting|
Bob Lalich Are all those lumber cars in storage, or is there a facility nearby that uses them?
Gabe Argenta I can't think of one around there Bob, but this was a year or two ago.